Victims in Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting in Las Vegas Identified
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 6, 2017) – It was reported that at least 59 people had their lives taken and over 500 people had been severely injured after being involved in a shooting incident that occurred during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. in Las Vegas.
Authorities reported the incident had unfolded near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Mandalay Bay Road and South Las Vegas Boulevard. Police were able to identify the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada. Federal authorities ran a background check on Paddock and they came back with Paddock having no prior criminal history.
Paddock was stationed in his hotel room located on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel Resort and Casino when he opened fired at the country festival located across the street.
The incident lasted for close to 10 minutes. During that time numerous police officers, paramedics, and other off-duty emergency responders jumped into action to assist those injured and helped concert attendees reach safety. Shortly after the incident began, a SWAT team was dispatched and able to breach Paddocks hotel room. Once the SWAT team found Paddock, he was pronounced dead.
Since the aftermath, authorities have been able to identify the 36 woman and 22 men who lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Hannah Ahlers was a mother of three children and lived in Beaumont, California. She grew up listening to country music and was an avid fan. She attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert with her husband, Brian Ahlers. They had been married for 17 years and met in high school.
Utah resident, Heather Alvarado traveled with her husband and three kids to the country festival in Las Vegas. Her husband, Albert Alvarado, was a Cedar City firefighter and described her wife as being the first one to help out and made the family feel like a family.
Dorene Anderson of Anchorage, Alaska, was an active fan of the minor league team called the Alaska Aces. She was known for ringing cowbells painted with the Aces insignia on them to show support to the team. Her husband, John Anderson, kids and Aces fans held a candlelight vigil for her during one of the Alaska Aces games.
54-year-old Jack Beaton was attending the country festival with his wife Laurie Beaton who were visiting Las Vegas from Bakersfield, California. When the incident unfolded, Jack shielded his wife with his own body before he was shot. Jack loved driving his truck and was always busy helping other people.
Steve Berger was a financial adviser at EFS Advisors who touched thousands of lives. He had a family with three children aging between 8-years-old and 15-years-old. Steve was in Las Vegas celebrating his 44th birthday at the time of the incident.
28-year-old Andrea Castilla was attending the country festival with her sister, Anthena, fiancé, and her boyfriend, Derek Miller. Andrea was a sales associate at Sephora in Huntington Beach, California. Andrea was injured and stepped on during the chaos. She was then transported to the hospital for treatment.
Other victims who lost their life in the incident include 34-year-old Riverside resident, Carrie Barnette, a Disney food service employee; Orange County resident, Candice Bowers; Denise Salmon Burditus of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Carpinteria resident, Denise Cohen; Riverside resident, Austin Davis; 54-year-old contractor Thomas Day Jr. worked for his father’s home-building business in Corona, California; 22-year-old Christiana Duarte; Deputy recorder of San Bernardino County Dana Gardner; Eastvale, California resident Rocio Guillen Rocha; Rachel Parker; Sonny Melton; Charleston Hartfield; Jennifer Parks; 20-year-old Quinton Robbins of Henderson, Nevada; California resident, John Phippen; College graduate of California State University of Bakersfield, Melissa Ramirez; Las Vegas police officer, Charleston Hartfield; Las Vegas resident, Erick Silva; Bakersfield resident Bailey Schweitzer; Las Vegas resident and mother of three, Neysa Tonks; Michael Anderson; and Stacee Etcheber.
Additional victims who lost their life in the incident include Brian Fraser of La Palma, California; Mother of three children, Keri Galvan of Thousand Oaks, California; 44-year-old of Camarillo, California, Chris Hazencomb; San Diego resident, Jennifer Irvine; Nicol Kimura of Placentia, California; Province of Alberta in Canada resident, Jessica Klymchuk; Carly Kreibaum, mother of two from Sutherland Iowa; Rhonda LeRocque of Tewksbury, Massachusetts; A mechanic from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Jordan Mclldoon; 28-year-old Kelsey Meadows of Taft, California; Bartender and server from Edmonton, Alberta, Calla Medig; Pati Mestas of Corona, California; Truckee Meadows Community College student, Austin Meyer; Alaskan fisherman, Adrian Murfitt; Seattle office manager for Ajilon, Carrie Parsons; Graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School, Angela Gomez; Lisa Patterson, a mother of three children; Financial adviser from Orange County, California, Victor Link; Health care management student at California State University, San Bernardino, Jordyn Rivera; Vista Elementary School officer manager, Susan Smith; Management analyst for the City of Las Vegas, Cameron Robinson; Alberta, Canada resident Tara Roe Smith; New Mexico resident, Lisa Romero-Muniz; Navy veteran Christopher Roybal who served in Afghanistan; Arizona native, Brett Schwanbeck who was a retired truck driver; Las Vegas resident, Laura Shipp; 30-year-old Brennan Stewart of Las Vegas; Oxnard, California resident and California corrections officer, Derrick Taylor; 32-year-old Michelle Vo of Los Angeles and insurance agent; Kurt Von Tillow of the Sierra foothills near Sacramento; and Wrestling and Little League coach from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, Bill Wolfe Jr.
If you want to donate and support the victims who lost their lives and those who are currently seeking treatment the city of Las Vegas has created a Victim Fund GoFundMe Page.
The Law Offices of Bond & Taylor would like to share our sincerest condolences and sympathies with the heaviest of hearts to all of the friends and family of the victims who lost their loved ones and to those injured in the incident and are undergoing treatment.
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